Not just another day at sea…

On February 21, 1854, a 250-ton barkentine, Orline St. John, was dismasted in a strong gale off of Cape Hatteras. As heavy seas battered the large vessel and its crew, many people tried to seek refuge out of harms way. Concerned with their safety, several crew members tied themselves to the rigging in hopes of not being swept overboard. After the storm passed, the crew was left to fend for themselves for about 10 days before they were rescued. Unfortunately, four crew members did not return home.

Barkentine : a sailing ship of three of more masts with the foremast square-rigged and the others fore-and-aft rigged


Fan Photo Friday

Today we are celebrating ORV access to Cape Point, one of the most treasured locales on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore!

The designated ORV route is currently open from 7am to 9pm daily, starting 0.4 miles north of Ramp 43 to Ramp 44 and south to Cape Point.

Permits are required for ORV access on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Thank you to Rita Lucas for posting her photo to our Facebook page!


OBX Events July 7-15th

There is just so much to do at the beach!!! In addition to your daily adventures of fishing, surfing, kiteboarding, paddleboarding, building sandcastles, scanning the shoreline for shells, or soaking up the sun and a good book, the OBX has something to offer for every age!
We’ve compiled an extensive list of activities and events for the week that you will not want to miss!

July 7 Summer Festival, Fessenden Center, Buxton, 2-9pm.
~The Hands of Love Organization has organized an afternoon of fun, which will include live music, food, carnival games, crafts, a silent auction, and much more! Rain date set for July 8.

July 7, 14 Fish Fry, Hatteras Village and Avon Village, 5-7pm.
~Does fried local fish, hushpuppies, cole slaw, and potato salad sound like the perfect Hatteras Island dinner? We think so! Head to the Hatteras Fire Station at 57689 Hwy 12 or the Avon Fire Station at 40159 Harbor Rd. for a delicious meal, hosted by the Ladies Auxilary.

July 9-13 YOGA on the beach, Beach Klub, Avon, 8-9:30am.
~Bring a yoga mat and get your day started off on the right track!

July 9-13 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Summer Programs, Rodanthe, 2pm.

~Monday-Friday at 2pm, join The Chicamacomico Historical Association for an afternoon of entertainment ranging from talks with local historians to dramatic demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard. Visit the Station’s website for program details.
June 9-13 Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Summer Programs, Hatteras.
~Monday-Friday, programs are offered by Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic for further exploration and discovery if our maritime heritage. For complete information and details, visit the Museum on the web.
July 10-14 The Lost Colony, Waterside Theatre, Manteo, 8:30pm.
~Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paul Green recounts the historical events leading to the disappearance of the first English colonists who settled on Roanoke Island over 400 years ago. This is a production you don’t want to miss. Visit The Lost Colony for more info and tickets.
July 9 The Wilders/July 12 Jack Jr., REAL Watersports, Waves, 6-10pm.
~Enjoy free LIVE music with a spectacular view in a family/group friendly atmosphere.
July 10 Hatteras Island Farmer’s Market, Avon, 9am-1pm.
~Located in the lot beside Hatteras Realty.
July 10 & 12 Balloonacy Children’s Show, COA Auditorium, Manteo, 2pm.
~For over 40 years, the cast of The Lost Colony has produced a show just for kids. Let your imagination run wild! Balloonacy is a funny, sweet, and uplifting performance. Tickets are $5-10.
Studio 12, Avon.
~Feeling creative? Studio 12 offers lots of fun classes, including mosaic stepping stones, glass fusion picture frames, suncatchers, and jewelry. Be sure to visit their website for class details.
Indian Town Gallery, Frisco.
~Offering fantastic weekly classes. Check out their Facebook page for details.
July 10 Kitty Hawk Kites Kid’s Day, Avon 10am-12pm, Hatteras, 3-5pm/July 11, Waves 4-6pm.
~A fun-filled free opportunity to climb a rock wall, shoot water guns, have your face painted, and try out the latest toys and games!

July 10, 11, 13 Music on the Deck, Sandbar & Grille, Buxton, 7-11pm.

July 10 Avon Jamboree, PapaWack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon, 6-8pm.
July 11-14 Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament, Hatteras Village.
~For more info, click here.
July 11 Teen Night, PapaWack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon, 8-10pm.
~Ages 13-19. $5/teen.

July 11 Bluegrass Jam at Banjo Island/Red Drum Pottery, Frisco, 7pm.
~Enjoy local musicians at the “Wednesday Happening” OR bring your instrument and join them!

July 11 Waterhigh, Down Under Restaurant and Lounge, Waves, 8-11pm.
~Enjoy an evening of live, local music!
July 11 BINGO, Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, 47231 Light Plant Rd, Buxton, 6pm.

July 12 Carey Fest 2012, Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center, 4-8pm.
~The theme of this year’s celebration is “Giving Back, A Celebration of Community.” Come mingle and enjoy a free barbecue cookout, featuring live bluegrass and blues from Banjo Island. There will also be a silent auction.
The Carey LeSieur Foundation is a non-profit, charitable foundation that aims to promote compassion and humanity within the local community by celebrating posthumously the life of nurse practitioner Carey Marie LeSieur and encouraging our community to remember her caring dedication. The primary mission of the foundation is to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to students, both college and graduate, who are engaged in a course of study whose ultimate end point will be in a career in healthcare.

July 12 YOGA, Hatteras Village Community Center, 5:15-6:30pm.
~All levels. Donations accepted. For more info, contact Wendi Palmer 252-305-0090.

July 12 Jah Creation, PapaWack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon, 7-10pm.

~Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. To purchase tickets visit Spa Koru in Avon.
July 13 40oz. of Freedom, PapaWack Theatre, Beach Klub, Avon, 7-10pm.
~Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To purchase tickets visit Spa Koru in Avon.

July 13 LIVE MUSIC every Friday night, Buxton.
~Mad Crabber
~Pop’s Raw Bar and Restaurant
~Capt’n Rolo’s
July 14 2nd Saturdays, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras Village.
~Come and browse local art exhibits and learn about our maritime heritage with lots of hands-on fun! The theme will be “Pirates!” Arrgghh

Break out your vacation planner and pencil a few of these exciting events into your week!


Cape Hatteras is ranked as one of America's Top Ten Beaches!

Dr. Beach has just released his list of America’s Best Beaches and Cape Hatteras has made the cut for the Top Ten, for another year in a row! This year Cape Hatteras comes in at #10! (In previous years, the rankings have been as follows: #5 in 2011, #4 in 2010, #7 in 2009, and #8 in 2008.)
Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (Dr. Beach), Director and Professor of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, travels up and down the coastline each year in search of the absolute best beaches in America. He evaluates each site using 50 criteria, which range from beach condition to water temperature, to sand softness and color.
Being a strong contender in America’s Best Beaches, does not surprise those of us who live and breathe Cape Hatteras! Whether you live here, visit here, or long to visit our shores, you know from the moment you arrive, that you’ve reached paradise! From our clean, uncrowded beaches to the best surf on the East Coast, to world-class fishing and adventure! Cape Hatteras has it all while still managing to hold on to the small island charm that everyone cherishes and loves.
Dr. Beach describes Cape Hatteras as:
“Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore. Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing. Hurricane Irene in 2011 cut a few inlets through Hatteras Island so travel down to the Cape will be slowed.”
So if you’ve never visited Cape Hatteras, start making plans to head this way! We’d love to share one of America’s Best Beaches with you and help you enjoy an unforgettable vacation! On your way through, stop by Surf or Sound Realty and say HI!


Picture of the Week

It’s Fan Photo Friday!

Thank you to Charles B. Richardson for submitting this beautiful rainbow over Salvo on Hatteras Island accompanied by a very touching story. How could we choose another photo over this one?

“For a number of years our entire family has vacationed at OBX. The picture shown here is the first year after my Mother-in-Law Kathy passed away. She loved rainbows and our first day there we got a double rainbow. It showed us that even though she wasn’t with us that year, she really was.” – Charles B. Richardson


The Civil War comes to Cape Hatteras at the Flags Over Hatteras Commemorative Event

Did you know that Hatteras Island played a role in the Civil War? Find out about our contribution during the FLAGS OVER HATTERAS Sesquicentennial Event April 26th – April 29th , 2012. There will be nationally known authors and historians speaking each evening along with living history events and historical exhibits at the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum. If you won’t be here during the event this week, the artifacts will be on exhibit at the museum through the end of July.

Three nationally known authors and historians: James McPherson, Ed Bearss and Craig Symonds
April 26, 27, 28

Each evening one of them will give their talk following dinner (included in registration fee) at the Hatteras Village Civic Center in Hatteras.

Attendance is open to the general public by registration only and is limited to 175 attendees on a ‘first come -first serve’ basis. The registration fee is $175 which includes 3 dinners, 3 nationally known speakers, refreshments, additional speakers and power point presentations, Civil War exhibits, collections, ‘Living History’ programs, Civil War music and ‘Monument Dedication’.

Additional speakers include:
Dr. Patricia Click (professor at the University Of Virginia), Harold (Harri) Jones, (Curator of the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum) KaeLi Schurr (Curator of the Outer Banks History Center), Joseph Schwarzer (Director of the N.C. Maritime Museums), Col. Gary Riggs, (CSA Medical Authority), Drew Pullen (local historian), Danny Couch (local historian), Gerald Roxbury (Civil War Confederate cutlasses authority) and Lee Oxford (historian and authority on “The Capture of the Fanny” and “The Chicamacomico Affair”).

Civil War Historical Marker Unveiling and Dedication: April 26 at 4 p.m. at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras

The Flagship USS Minnesota and the Hotel De Afrique will be recognized with the unveiling of a Dare County Heritage Trail / North Carolina Bugle Trails Marker in honor of the leadership, actions, and results during and after seven U.S. Navy warships bombarded Forts Hatteras and Clark, August 28 -29, 1861.

The dedication recalls the USS Minnesota was the flagship for the Atlantic Blockade Squadron commanded by Flag Officer Silas H. Stringham. Using Stringham’s innovative maneuver of having his ships sail in single file oval formation the fleet rained down several thousands of shells. Seven African American sailors who were mustered into service in Boston, Mass. manned the forward gun on the USS Minnesota during this engagement. This was the first time the U.S. Navy employed this tactic.

Dedication will include Ken Howard, Director, N.C. History Museums, LT Jason Rochester, Chaplain USN Elizabeth City/Sector NC, Superintendent Michael Murray, National Park Service, Outer Banks Group, Captain Anthony Popiel, USCG Sector Commander North Carolina, Allen Burrus, Dare County Commissioner, Lee Nettles, Managing Director Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Skipper Hines, President of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, Danny Couch. Chairman of the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Dave Alberg, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Harry (Hari) Jones, Curator of the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum, Mel Covey, Dare County Heritage Trail and Flags Over Hatteras Committee, and Johnnie Baum, The Hatteras Island Poet will speak briefly.

Placement of wreaths will include a US Coast Guard Color Guard from USCG Sector Cape Hatteras and Bernie Siler, Historian and re-enactor with the 54th Massachusetts. The public is encouraged to attend.

Living History Programs: April 28 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., April 29 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Re-enactors will present artillery demonstrations, encampments, drills and period music. In addition, a civil war era ladies fashion show will be presented as well as a Civil War era battery forge.

All programs are free of charge and are open to the public. A schedule of programs will be provided.

Ole’ Time Civil War Auction: April 28 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Hatteras Village Civic Center in Hatteras

Come early to get your bid number and a front row seat. Donations of any and all auction items are welcome. They do not need to have anything to do with the Civil War. Items already on the auction block for lucky bidders to win range from rental cottage discounts to many other exciting items. Click here for a list of the auction items

All proceeds will go to the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to defray any costs of Flags Over Hatteras activities and the remaining or all will go towards the “Help Us Save the USS Monticello Ensign” Civil War flag restoration project.

Civil War Exhibit: Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras

“War Comes to Hatteras” Exhibit is open at The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras, NC. This special exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, in connection with the “Flags Over Hatteras” Conference (a ticketed event) and related events. Non-ticketed public will be subject to museum admission.

Exhibit open through July 31, 2012
Museum Hours: April – October
Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
November – March
Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This exhibit will feature items and documents related to Eastern North Carolina activities and actions during 1861. The exhibit is focused around the Battle of Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark, Aug. 28-29,1861 and will also explore “The Capture of the Fanny” and “The Chicamacomico Races” in October of the same year.


Hatteras Village's connection to the Titanic

Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks have played a role in many history-making events, but this one might surprise you. Did you know that the first received and recorded distress message sent by the Titanic was received at the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station?

“CQD”, meaning “Come Quickly Distressed” (this was the code used prior to “SOS”), was the telegraph message sent by the RMS Titanic and received in Hatteras Village at 11:25pm on the night of April 14, 1912. Further details in the message included “Have struck iceberg”.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the log page recording of the telegraph message will be displayed for the first time at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village. The log page had been discovered in the walls of the weather station during the building’s renovation in 2005. The building is now being used by the park service and the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau as a welcome center.

The log page along with other related items will be on display from April 14 to May 31. For more information about the exhibit, click here to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum’s website.


Easter Events on the Outer Banks

Hop on over to Hatteras Island for a week filled with family fun and Easter festivities! Plan your Hatteras Island vacation today and enjoy these EGG-cellent holiday events!

April 5: Glass Fusion Sun Catchers Class at Studio 12

9:30am -10:30am. This will be a fun class putting together different shapes and colors of glass to make your very own sun catcher. Pre-cut pieces allow kids to not have to cut glass, older students can use some basic tools to cut shapes. Projects are kiln fired and ready for pick up the next day. Ages 4 and up. Class Price: $24.00. Studio 12 is located in Avon on Hatteras Island and offers various classes throughout the season as well as a full art gallery and working studio.

April 6: Colorful Acrylic Wall Art Classes at Studio 12

10am. A fun class for ages 4 and up that loosens you up to make colorful fun paintings working with acrylics. Whether you are a novice or experienced painter you are sure to have some fun in this class! Great for both kids and adults! Studio 12 is located in Avon on Hatteras Island.

April 6 & 7: Kitty Hawk Kites Fly Into Spring & Easter Egg Hunt

This annual spring event will be held during National Kite Month,on April 6th and 7th,the kite festival will be from from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.The Easter Eggstravaganza will ONLY be on Saturday from 11-1pm. This Festival is a free event and is open to the public. Easter Eggstravaganza will take place at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head. It is the LARGEST Easter Egg Hunt on the Outer Banks! Several hunts will be held from 11am to 1pm. This is a fun event for all ages! The Easter Bunny will be at Kitty Hawk Kites for photo opportunities. For more information, call (877) FLY-THIS or (252) 441-4124 kittyhawkkites.com

April 7: Easter Art Show at Indian Town Gallery

10am to 5pm. Enjoy a fun day at the art show, located outside in the fresh open air at Indian Town Gallery on Hatteras Island. Meet local artists and browse everything from paintings, prints, recycled art, carvings, metal works, pottery and photography to sea glass jewelry, handmade jewelry, handpainted furniture and so much more! Indian Town Gallery is located at milepost 65 on highway 12 in Frisco. For more information, call (252) 995-5181 or visit indiantowngallery.com

April 7: EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA at Elizabethan Gardens

10:30am- 2pm. Enjoy an Outer Banks spring tradition held in the midst of the beautiful spring blooms featuring a family fun scavenger egg hunt, photo opportunities, a homemade bake sale, egg roll on the Great Lawn, story time, educational crafts, games, an Easter bonnet and hat contest, and more kid-geared fun. Children under 5 are free with a paying adult. The Elizabethan Gardens are located at 1141 National Park Drive in Manteo on Roanoke Island.

April 7: Easter Egg Hunt at Cape Hatteras Baptist Church

11am. The Cape Hatteras Baptist Church, located in Frisco Villlage on Hatteras Island, will be hosting an Easter egg hunt for kids and parents! Lunch is provided with hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.

April 7: Easter Egg Hunt at Hatteras United Methodist Church

2pm. Hatteras United Methodist Church is located in the heart of Hatteras Village next to the post office. Hop on over for an Easter egg hunt and fun times with Mike the Magician. Ice cream will be served as well!

March 31 – April 7: Sea Turtle Egg Hunt

Join the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and learn about one of our local endangered species, the sea turtle. This activity is more than just an egg hunt! Children will take part in a sea turtle program, come face to face with a loggerhead turtle, and make a craft to take home. The program will conclude with an egg hunt on the Aquarium grounds as children search for eggs filled with treats! Event will be held rain or shine. (Ages 3-7) Preregistration required by calling the Aquarium at 252-473-3494 x232.

April 9: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Opens for the Season

10am- 5pm Monday – Friday. With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico (pronounced chik a ma COM i co) is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation’s most complete sites. This site is located on Hatteras Island in the village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Its purpose is to restore, preserve, protect, educate and interpret the rich history of these valiant men and their dedication to the U.S. Life-Saving Service, as well as interpreting the history of the buildings and artifacts. Open to the public from mid-April through November, and provide visitors with tours, programs, reenactments and special events. Don’t miss the Chicamacomico Summer Porch Programs held Monday through Friday in season.

April 8: Easter Sunrise Service on Hatteras Island

Avon: Avon Fishing Pier at 6:30 a.m. Pastors Bryan Gray and Roger Dill will be leading the service.

Buxton: Old Lighthouse site at 6:30 a.m. with Rev. Cory Oliver of the Hatteras United Methodist Charge. Sunrise services will be followed by worship service at Little Grove UMC at 8 a.m., Buxton UMC at 9:30 with a cantata presentation by the Hatteras Charge choir, and at 11:15 at Hatteras UMC with cantata.

Rodanthe: Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site at 6:15 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Bliss of Fairhaven and Clarks Bethel United Methodist churches.

Ocracoke: Lifeguarded Beach at 6:30 a.m. with pastors from Ocracoke United Methodist Church and Ocracoke Assembly of God Church

Book your Hatteras Island vacation today and check out our specials page for egg-cellent last minute savings!